Monthly Archives: August 2019

How To Create The Perfect Family Friendly Garden

Encouraging your kids to stay active is so important if you want them to be healthy. But it can be tough because you’re fighting an uphill battle against screens and a lot of kids would rather spend their time sitting inside playing on their phone or playing video games. If you find that you have trouble getting your kids to play outside and get some exercise, you need to create a fun space for them so that they want to get out and get some fresh air. That’s why it’s so important that you create a family friendly garden. 

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If you set up your garden in the right way, it can be a great space for the kids to play and for you to spend time as a family, and it’s also a good place for you to relax on a sunny afternoon if the kids aren’t around. These are some of the best ways to create a family friendly garden that the kids will love playing in. 

Safety First 

Safety should always be your biggest priority when setting up your garden because you want kids to be able to play out there without you having to worry about them getting injured. There are things in the garden that you wouldn’t necessarily consider hazards, but they’re very dangerous for children. Water features are a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden and they attract some great wildlife as well. But if there are going to be young children playing in the garden, you have to be careful. People don’t realise that it is possible for a child to drown in just a few inches of water, so even small water features can be dangerous. If you want a water feature, make sure that it’s a child friendly one. If you already have a pond in the garden, that is harder to remove, so you should make sure to cover it with some safety grids so children cannot fall into it. 

You need to make sure that you secure all of the fences around the garden so there are no gaps for the kids to get out. Even though you’re supervising them in the garden, it only takes a few seconds to lose track of them and for them to get out of the garden and go wandering on their own. If the garden is secure and there are no hazards, you can rest easy and let them enjoy themselves. 

Finally,  you need to check the plants that are in the garden. Young kids like to explore the world by putting things in their mouths a lot of the time and that’s a big problem if there are poisonous plants in the garden. Before you let the kids play out there, you need to identify all of the plants and check that they aren’t dangerous. If you can’t identify a plant, it’s best to play it safe and just get rid of it. 

Create A Shaded Area 

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This is partly about safety, but it’s also a good area for you to sit and relax while you supervise the kids out in the garden. In the height of summer, it’s not good for young children to be out in the heat all day, so they need a shaded area where they can have a break. If you put a nice patio in and consider building a pergola over the top, you can create a nice seating area in the shade. It’s ideal for the kids to have a break from the sun and have some snacks and drinks. You can also use it as a place to entertain guests on a warm summer evening once the kids are all in bed. Sectioning off an area of the garden and making it into a patio also means that you have less maintenance to do on the garden. 

Create A Play Zone 

Even though you’re creating a garden for the kids, you still want an area where the adults can relax and you also need some space for plants as well. You already have the patio, but you should section the rest of the garden into two zones. You can reserve one area for a lawn and some nice plants, and the other area can be a play zone for the kids. In their area, you can get some play equipment like slides and swings and put them up for them. It may also be a good idea to split the two areas with a fence, so you can make sure that the kids are never out of sight if you’re trying to supervise them while you’re getting on with something else in the house. If you limit their access to the adult area of the garden, that also means that you have more freedom to install water features and ponds etc. 

When you’re creating your play zone, it’s important to remember that kids can get bored quite quickly. If you put play equipment in there, they’re not going to enjoy it forever and they might grow out of it in a few years. That’s why it’s not a good idea to spend lots of money on equipment that can’t be moved out easily. 

Get Plenty Of Storage 

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You already know that finding a place to store the kids’ toys is important unless you want your house to be overrun with mess. It’s no different out in the garden and the toys will quickly start to build up. Toys that are left out overnight are also going to get damaged quickly and might get covered in bugs and slugs. That’s why you should definitely get a shed out in the garden to store all of their toys as well as some of your own stuff like lawn mowers and tools. If you are keeping tools in the shed, it’s important that you get a lock on there because they could be dangerous for the children. A shed can also be great as a summer house for them to play in or maybe even a games room as they get older. 

Creating a family friendly garden is so important because it helps to keep the kids active and gives you a space where you can enjoy some quality family time. 

Finding The Inspiration For Your Perfect Wedding

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Your wedding should be perfect. It is an important day, and it is designed to celebrate your relationship and your commitment to each other. A wedding party is all about bringing your two tribes together. Allowing your worlds to mix can be a beautiful thing, and it should be an experience that you, and your nearest and dearest hold precious forever. 

So, how do you go about making your big day into the best one of your life? The first thing that you need to think about is what is important to you both. Your day should be a celebration of the things that you cherish and love. It should suit your style, and make a statement about who you both are. 

Planning Your Theme

With that in mind, you may want to find a theme. This could be a stylized them, that includes a variety of aesthetics that appeal to you. It may be that you want to reference things that you enjoy together, such a particular hobby or interest. You might have a favorite film, book, or band that has some significance. It could be a combination of all of these things. Create a scrapbook of everything that you can think of, and start mind mapping your wedding on paper. 

You may want to choose to draw inspiration from wedding magazines, or any number of great websites. Look for a source that provides the wedding guide that suits your tastes. But ultimately, you need to remember that it is your day, and there is no right and wrong. Just what is right for both of you. 

Hunting For Vendors

Once you have some ideas of the kind of day that you want, you will need to go out and look for the perfect venue, and all of the vendors that you will use to supply everything that you need. 

This can be a challenging ride, as soon as many businesses hear the word ‘wedding,’ the price can rise. So expect to have to haggle a little, and be prepared for some huge numbers to be thrown at you. Remember though; if you are unhappy with the price, you can take your business elsewhere as there is no shortage of competition in the wedding market. 

Use recommendations from other people. Read reviews of services, and make sure you are 100% happy with the standard of service, and the product that is on offer. While you may have a strict budget, you should not settle for a low-quality wedding. 

Start Collecting Items

Once you have everything booked, you will need to create a big shopping list and set to work, either making or buying all of the things that you need. You will need to be very organized, as you will find that you will end up with quite a lot of items. It may be worth buying some large storage boxes and filling them as you go. Try and keep the items sorted into where you will need them when it comes to setting everything up on the big day. 

Meal Planning Monday 26/08/19

Happy Bank Holiday Monday!

This time next week I will on a plane flying off on my holidays for 10 days.  Can’t wait.  I will try and not make you jealous by posting to many photos on Instagram and Facebook.

Last weeks meal plan was a bit hit and miss and I still never went food shopping and we had takeaway pizza from dominoes on Wednesday night.

We had a lovely but busy weekend as the husband was working then out at a friends birthday, I had my hair done so sent Freddie to my  parents.  Then Sunday I went for afternoon tea with my mum, my best friend and her mum.  Perfect bank holiday.

This week we are having:

Fake away Chinese food

Garlic & lemon salmon with salad (me) & burgers (husband)

Chicken curry, rice/chips, naan and poppodums

Meatballs & spaghetti

Beef stir fry with egg noodles and vegetables

Tuna pasta bake

Takeaway

I won’t be posting a meal plan for two weeks after this week and I will be back on the 16th September.

Hope you all have a great bank holiday whatever your up to.  

Cosy Bedtime #MySundaySnapshot

Freddie turned 2 in July and his room can get quite cold but was nervous about getting him a quilt and pillow because he’s such a fidget bum.

So last weekend we finally brought Freddie a quilt and pillow set from Mothercare.

Just look how cute he looks cuddled up to his teddy.

What age did you give your little one a quilt and pillow set?

Meal Planning Monday 19/08/19

This week started off with some exciting new of me becoming an Auntie again, my sister in law had a little baby girl called Elizabeth on Sunday night, to go with her 3 boys.

Last week was OK, bit up in airs as went food shopping Monday afternoon but they had hardly anything I needed so made the most of what I’ve got as we go on holiday soon so don’t want to be doing a big food shop.

This week we are doing:

Tuna Pasta Bake

Chicken breast wrapped in bacon with gravy and vegetables

Quiche, rice and salad

Chicken enchiladas

Garlic & herb lamb steaks with crushed new potatoes, gravy and vegetables

Spaghetti Bolognese

Full roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Hill’s Science Plan Active Longevity Mature Dog Food with Chicken

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We all want to make sure our pets are happy and healthy all of the time and make sure they are being fed the best diet possible. There are so many varieties of dog foods out there to choose from it makes it hard to decide, not to mention the prices of some brands. We have teamed up with Hill Science plan to try their Mature adult 7+ food with our dog, Carly.

As a previously trainee veterinary nurse, I have learned a fair amount of the dos and donts of pets diets and the extras you can feed them that are good for them. Not to mention maybe allergies that can be encountered along the way too. There is no right or wrong food to feed your dog.

When changing your dog’s food, it should be done over the course of a period such as a week by gradually adding the new product into their existing diet to prevent any upset stomach happening and to make sure there are no allergic reactions.

We have a seven-year old Rottweiler called Carly, who eats us out of house and home daily. She is very spoilt and along with her everyday dog food she has treats such as ham, chicken, and tuna and is also partial to a bit of fruit such as strawberries and blueberries.

Carly has two meals a day, breakfast about 7.30am and tea about 5.30pm, plus treats in the day when we are at home.

You can purchase Hills Science Plan dog food from this link here plus your local pet store.

  • We were sent a 3 kg bag of dog food to try out and have been paid for writing about our experienceThis has not influenced our opinion in any way .

Meal Planning Monday 12/08/19

Last week disappeared in no time again.  I’ve got about 3 weeks till our holiday starts and that will be bliss, no cooking or cleaning for 10 whole days, can’t wait.

Last week we ended up having takeaway Indian on Saturday for the MIL birthday instead of what we had planned but just swapped it for another day.

The weather was also hit and miss last week, just want us to have a proper summer now.

This week I must go shopping as we don’t really have much in to cook.

This week I will be doing

Lamb shanks in red wine sauce with creamy mash and vegetables

Southern fried chicken wraps

Crispy duck and an assortment of Chinese food

Shepherds Pie

Enchiladas

Burgers & Chips (I’m out for a meal with friends)

Roast dinner all the trimmings

What are your meals for this week

Engraved Cutlery – ByHappyMe | Review

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Freddie has been fairly good at feeding himself for the last 12 months plus.  He’s been very independent from quite an early age to the point where he would refuse to eat unless he fed himself.

He’s growing up far too quickly and now at the age of 2 he is outgrowing his “baby” set of cutlery that we brought plus, we now no longer have a matching set after we left them in his hand luggage on the way home from holiday back in May and his knife got confiscated.

So, when Byhappyme got in contact about a collaboration on their products I said yes immediately.

I chose the engraved animal cutlery for Freddie as he turns too very soon I thought would be a great time to get him new cutlery.  You can choose from category’s such  animals or teddy bears and I chose the animals as Freddie loves nature.  How cute are they?  Freddie loves naming each animal on the cutlery and telling us what they are each time he uses them.

It came beautifully packaged with ribbon and sticker which I loved as they have taken pride in making sure their products are presented perfectly so customers come back.

If you wish to purchase these, you can from here and they are prices at £27.50.  When ordering you can choose from 3 different font types.

Byhappyme don’t just do cutlery they also do dummy’s, name tags, and gifts.  I will say, I do think they are a little on the expensive side for the products and wouldn’t willingly spend almost £30 on a cutlery set.  They would make a lovely gift christening gift or first birthday present and keepsake gift.

The cutlery fits perfectly the small hands and their size makes it easy for the child to manipulate them during the meal.  The cutlery can be washed in the dishwasher and made from stainless steel.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Meal Planning Monday 05/08/19

Well, Hello August, Nice to see you.

I really don’t know where this year has gone, it’s crazy.  Last weeks meal plan was inspired by my husband for a change and he choose the meals we had.  He loved the southern fried chicken wraps so I think that is going to be a new favourite go to meal for us.

This week I am rustling up

Sirloin steak, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, chunky homemade chips with peppercorn sauce

Spaghetti bologenese with spiralized courgette

Slow cooked chicken curry and basmatic rice

Bacon & cheese quiche with Savory beef rice & salad

Warm chicken Cesar salad and croutons

Sausage, egg, chips & beans

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What are you cooking this week?